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School Board prepares for the new school year

By Rebecca Herman
On Thursday, July 9 the Johnson County School Board met for the final board meeting of the summer. All board members were present and quickly progressed through the meeting.
The first item on the agenda was the recognition of the employee of the month. July’s employee of the month is Margaret Dowell from the maintenance and transportation department. According to her supervisor, Barry Bishop, Dowell is diligent, hardworking, organized, and dependable. “She has a solid work ethic and a ‘Go Get ‘Em’ attitude toward any task she takes on.”
Following the approval of minutes the new Student Board Member, Will Sutherland, gave his first report. According to Sutherland, 10-12 grade students can pick up their fall 2015 schedules on Friday, July 17; this will be the time to request schedule changes as well. On July 24, Johnson County High School will be holding the annual Freshmen Kickoff from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. All freshmen and families are encouraged to attend.
Sutherland also discussed summer plans for The Pride of Johnson County Marching Band. These students have been practicing all summer in preparation for their fall show, “The Art of Harmony and Focus.” Summer band camp will take place at Roan Creek Elementary the week of July 20.
On July 25, the Johnson County High School football team will hold a youth football camp from 8:00 am to 12:30pm. Participants need to arrive by 7am to complete registration, fees are $20; ages 5 to 14 are “welcome to participate.” The Longhorn football team will begin practice in helmets and shorts on July 20.
There will be four new faces at Johnson County High School when school starts August 3. Sutherland welcomed Zack Pittman, History; Heidi Kerley, English; David Price, CTE Automotive Assistant; and Maelea Gaylon, Assistant Principal.
Sutherland also showed appreciation for all the work that has been accomplished on the hill this summer. Work has been done on the field house, tennis courts, removal of lockers, and “other cosmetic jobs within our building.” Sutherland along with junior representative, Marly Eggers, will continue to report activities and issues to the school board for the 2015-2016 academic year.
The school board discussed the purchase of a 2015 Ford F-250 Crew Cab for the maintenance and transportation department. Bishop explained that the department currently is using a 2001 Ford and that the bed of the truck has rusting damage. The money for the new truck, $29, 218.00, will be taken from money that was reserved the maintenance and transportation’s budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Bishop plans to replace the bed of the 2001 Ford with a flatbed and use it as a service truck. The school board approved the purchase.
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